A scopus based bibliometric analysis on mental health literacy research among the youth: A global perspective

L. Aswathi Raj, Lena Ashok, Chythra R. Rao, Veena Kamath, Asha Kamath, Biju Soman

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Objective: Research on Mental Health Literacy (MHL) has not been gained ample focus from policymakers and researchers particularly in developing countries. SDG 3.4 by 2030, associated with lowering the prevalence of non-communicable diseases including mental health problems through effective interventions. This study aims to initiate an insight into the role of MHL research among youth, against the increasing burden of mental illness, through a bibliometric review. Methods: Scopus database was used to excerpt pertinent MHL research among youth published from 1977 to 2020 across the globe. This review identified the major components which can be listed under the following themes that include the trend of research work, the top most countries, authors, and institutions. Results: The Scopus database was used to extract 225 research articles. The gradual escalation in the number of publications on MHL was noticed. The trend of citations showed declination. Developed countries have more focused on mental health literacy research among youth than in developing countries. Conclusion: Considering the global burden of mental illness among the youth, the quantity and quality of MHL research steered among youth across the globe is discontented. Greater attention from policymakers and researchers is required to address the prevalence of mental illness, by offering adequate MHL to the youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-177
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 04-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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